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The effect of educational ideologies on technology acceptance

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2004
Özdemir, Devrim
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of both students̕ and academics̕ educational ideologies on their acceptance of technology, and to find out whether there are differences in the perceived ease of use of technology, perceived usefulness of technology, attitudes toward technology, and the frequency of use of technology in education in terms of their educational ideologies. A survey design was used in this study. The questionnaire used in the study was developed by making use of the related literature, and it was administered to 58 academic personnel and 320 students in Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey during the fall semester of the 2003 - 2004 academic year. The data gathered was analyzed with the SPSS program, using descriptive and inferential statistics where ANOVA was conducted. The results of the study showed that academics̕ educational ideologies affect their acceptance of technology; specifically they affect the perceived usefulness of educational technology. Furthermore, there is an effect of students̕ educational ideologies on the frequency of their use of educational technologies. In conclusion, the results of this study can contribute to the literature on the factors of technology acceptance. Educational ideology is a factor affecting academics̕ perceptions of the usefulness of technology, moreover, it is a factor affecting the students̕ the frequency of use of educational technology.